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August has come and gone. We hosted more movie screenings, including The Scarlet Coat and the Devil’s Disciple. Our monthly book discussion was held at the agreeable location of Brown’s Walloomsac Taproom and we rang in General Stark’s 288th (although sticklers will note discrepancies in the date between the Julian and Gregorian calendars).

Of course the major undertaking of the month was the annual commemoration of the battle. The event went off without a hitch thanks to the efforts of our Friends group, especially John Sheaff who coordinated. We are indebted to the Walloomsac Battle Chapter, New England District, and Empire State, Vermont and New Hampshire Societies of the SAR as well as the 2nd Continental Artillery Regiment, the Hoosick Township Historical Society, the Vermont Bennington Battle Monument and the Ondawa-Cambridge Chapter of the DAR. We hope to see everyone again for the 240th.


The 2nd Continental Artillery Regiment prepares to fire a salute.
Patrons listen to Phyllis Chapman recite a poem on the occasion of the anniversary of the battle.


September will mark an end to the summer but there will still be plenty to do at the battlefield. Tuesday, September 13 from 4:00-5:30 PM we will host a Mushroom Walk. Visitors may learn to identify a variety of mushrooms that grow along the trail system of the battlefield. This is an educational program only and will not include harvesting. Free and open to the public. Hikers will meet at the main hilltop parking area of Bennington Battlefield on Route 67.

Wednesday, September 21 from 3:00-5:00 PM the Bennington Book Discussion Group will hit the road for a joint program at theĀ Bennington Museum. The group will begin with a regular discussion. Tyler Resch will then show visitors around the museum library. A stop at the Sloane Gallery to view items related to the battle will follow. We will be reading the first 59 pages of Philip Lord's oft requested "War Over Walloomscoick: Land Use and Settlement Pattern on the Bennington Battlefield- 1777." Contact Historic Site Assistant David Pitlyk at 518-860-9094 or by e-mail at for information on how to obtain this publication free of charge online. RSVP required. Regular museum admission rates of $10 for adults and $9 for seniors will apply.

Thursday, September 22, 5:00-6:00 PM we will offer another tour of the battlefield. Visitors may tour three major points of interest in the first engagement of the battle. A mix of driving and short periods of walking is required. Comfortable footwear is suggested. The tour group will assemble on the hilltop parking area of Bennington Battlefield on Route 67. The event is free and open to the public, no RSVP required.

Finally, Friday, September 30 from 5:00-6:00 PM we will host the popular lecture Loyalists and the Battle of Bennington. This will be the third and final presentation on the topic by site assistant David Pitlyk. The lecture will be held out doors on the grounds of the Tory Redoubt. Warm attire is suggested. Parking will be available at the Barnett Homestead (30 Caretakers Rd., Hoosick Falls, NY 12090). A short walk to the redoubt is required. The event is free and open to the public, no RSVP required.

David Pitlyk
Historic Site Assistant